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Europe's first direct flight to Silicon Valley: Lufthansa flies non-stop from Frankfurt to San Jose

Hessen and the Frankfurt economic region are very happy about the new non-stop flight from Frankfurt to California's San Jose. Starting on July 1st, Lufthansa will fly five times a week to the Silicon Valley metropolis, known throughout the world for start-ups, high-tech companies and the research labs of numerous automobile manufacturers. “With this direct Lufthansa flight, two of the world's most important and innovative IT and high-tech regions move still closer," says Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, managing director of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH and of HA Hessen Agentur GmbH. 

The IT sector, which employs a workforce of about 122,000 employees, generates 40 billion euros in sales, and boasts about 10,000 companies, is by far Hessen's strongest technology sector and thus occupies an attractive top position in Germany and Europe. In early May of this year, Prime Minister Volker Bouffier made a trip to Silicon Valley accompanied by a delegation of 70 representatives from business, science and politics, stressing the region's importance in the IT and high-tech sector for numerous Hessian companies and business partners.

Both the city of San Jose and its international airport had been intensively promoting a direct flight for years. On the occasion of the new connection, a 10-member delegation from Silicon Valley visited Hessen on July 4th in order to explore possibilities to intensify the many different business relationships.

The largest American community in Germany lives in Hessen. About 1,200 American companies are located in Hessen with an approximate investment volume of five billion euros. The world's largest U.S. General Consulate with a trade department and many other facilities are headquartered in Hessen. As hardly any other state, Hessen benefits from intensive and flourishing transatlantic trade – and both the IT sector and California play a leading role in it.

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